Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Day 2288 - Creating Creativity within a Business Mindset

Is it really as simple as a new note pad and pencils?

Wall art, notebook, letter holder and grey lead pencils all from Kmart. 

Ever since I can remember I've been a sucker for new stationery.  Even as a poor uni student I would use my last few dollars to buy a coloured note pad and a fancy new pen if I thought it would help me get motivated for study.

And it did.  The idea of taking the lid off a new pen and watching the ink flow onto fresh pink paper energised me.  The smell of the paper, the smell of the ink, the feeling in my fingertips and the satisfaction of filling a page with text.



Given my creativity has gone walk about I thought I'd try buying myself some new desky things.

For a long time I've had a kiddie style desk where my inspiration was the art sent in by my Cheer Chick Charlie fans.  The desk was surrounded by colour which did nothing for my interior design but seemed to delight my senses.

I was able to work with a child mind.

Recently I've realised that if I'm going to run a fully functioning and profitable business, I need to start thinking with a business brain.  I need to be less like a children's book author and more like a business woman.

So I have taken down the kiddie art and packed it neatly into my desk drawer and replaced it with monochrome desk accessories and a wall full of inspiring quotes and family motivation to remind me of why I'm on this journey.  To remind me of MY WHY.

I'm here to create a legacy.  I am here to make a difference for my family and to help as many kids in the world as possible believe in their own power.

To do that I have to take care of business.

It's one thing to write inspiring and motivational kids books, yet it's another to actually get them out there. For this thing to work they've got to be read.  For them to be read people need to know they exist.  For people to know they exist I have to tap into my business brain.

Which might mean some of my creativity gets lost in the process.

Or does it?

Another great find from Kmart.
It's working! The ideas have already started to flow.

As I sit here with my new note books, my pencils, my desk accessories and my inspiring quotes I am creating a plan on how I can BE the business woman without losing too much of my creativity in the process.

I know it takes a whole lot more than new stationery, but it's what gives me the mojo to get started.


Do you have any tips and tricks for having a business focus without losing the child-like creativity?

Does stationery excite you?

What do you do to kick start your mojo?

If you want to create a new desk space without breaking the bank, be sure to visit Kmart.  Right now with all the back to school products it's a stationery hoarder's heaven!


23 comments :

  1. I picked up a stack of the BE notebooks. Thought they were rather appropriate for Blog Exchange and my mantra this year, although with the house move, I'm rather lacking in motivation and mojo right now.

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    1. BE is a great word! And a great acronym :) Good luck with the move

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  2. Go you on the new stationery front! I gain so much light and happiness plus creativity from being around my kids. You can borrow some of them if you like?!!

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  3. My inspiration is almost completely internalised. I'm hopeless at having a special workspace. Maybe I should take a leaf out of your book and tidy up the desk, at least!

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    1. My desk gets very messy. Looking good right now though!

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  4. My best way is to sit and write in a note book (not a computer) as I think your brain starts to work a little better when you aren't editing as you go, and distracted by pop up ads or FB etc...

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    1. I think the whole handwriting thing helps to cement things in the brain too ...

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  5. Kmart have really picked up their stationery game, I love it!

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  6. I am obsessed with stationary. I have to seriously restrain myself from buying all the things. I didn't realise Kmart had such cute stuff - might have to go have a look, it is a new year after all - new stationary is probably in order.

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    1. So much to choose from. It could send ya broke though.

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    2. Not because it's expensive at Kmart ... but because it can become addictive!

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  7. I love a new note book as this is where all my ideas for posts and business ideas come from. And a new one is even better.

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  8. I typically buy the new notebook, write in the first few pages and end up forgetting it or lose motivation to keep going. Where I work at home I like an uncluttered space a quotes to help remind myself why I do what I do. Wishing you all the success to getting your books out there. X

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    1. Quotes are always good. I'm actually working on my own set of quotes to frame and give to clients as part of their coaching package. It works for me ... hoping to share the love.

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  9. I love new stationary. I think it absolutely can make all of the difference if you are a stationary lover. Like you say, there is nothing better than a new pen flowing onto a new notebook.

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    1. I actually keep all my old hard copy notebooks too in a book shelf to reflect back on and see what I've achieved, what inspiration I had, any pearls of wisdom. Makes for a good read!

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  10. I still use my coloured pens (Stabilo Boss set, beautiful to write with) to mind map things on project paper. Love it. Once nutted out, it's professional all the way, but early stages are always free-for-alls. x

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    1. Don't you just love the smell of felt tipped pens? There's a certain sensory switch they turn on in me.

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  11. Oooh I do like new stationery. I'm like a kid in a lolly shop. What a great way to start the year with new stationery, I have to get some, for my new found freedom when the kids go back to school and start kindy!

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    1. Lolly shop is a great way to describe it. Me too! Three cheers for your new found freedom. Once you get past the sadness of the little one starting school. Sniff.

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